Episode 26 - Damn Early Mornings of Awesomeness

February 22, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In this episode, Dai and Kayvon talk about their sleeping and waking habits and how it affects their productivity. Whether you’re an early riser or have a set time of how many hours you need to sleep each night, whether you like it or not, these patterns do affect our productivity. Kayvon and Dai share tips and research regarding sleep cycles and how to get the most out of your sleep to boost your productivity. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:39 – Dai and Kayvon talk about what happened to them in January
  • 01:44 – Kayvon launched his business and is currently working on a 30-day productivity challenge
  • 03:12 – Today’s topic is about productivity and sleep
  • 03:47 – Dai is a productive person and an early riser
    • 04:09 – Dai has been an early riser for almost 22 years now
    • 04:20 – When he turned 18, Dai moved away from home to Vancouver
    • 05:00 – Dai realized while in college that he is a morning person
    • 06:12 – Dai’s sleeps for 6 hours
  • 06:50 – Dai has 2 uninterrupted hours every single morning
  • 07:33 – Dai is working on a book that includes him sharing about his sleeping and waking habits and how to find more time in your life
  • 08:07 – It is important take care of yourself
  • 08:35 – Dai is programmed to wake up early
  • 08:46 – Kayvon experimented with different amounts of sleep and found out that 6 hours works for him
  • 09:30 – Kayvon started getting up at the moment he wakes up and it has worked like magic
  • 11:00 – Dai has a routine after waking up that includes making coffee and checking his emails
  • 12:12 – Dai writes content every morning, including what he sends to his email subscribers the next day on Whole Life Fitness Manifesto
  • 12:50 – Dai then spends time with his family and continues to work in batches
  • 13:40 – Kayvon talks about focus time and how to have a rhythm for the day
  • 14:07 – For a lot of people, the morning is usually spent in content creation
  • 14:40 – Kayvon influenced Dai in certain aspects
  • 14:45 – Kayvon and Dai talk about the Sleepy Time
  • 15:15 – Kayvon discusses the different sleep cycles
    • 15:44 – On average, the normal human sleep cycle is 90 minutes
    • 16:17 – People need completed sleep cycles to have a good rest
    • 16:47 – An unfinished sleep cycle are the times when we suddenly wake up and leave us groggy
  • 18:22 – Kayvon uses Sleepy Time to compute what time he needs to sleep and wake up to have completed sleep cycles
  • 20:18 – Dai talks about the biological aspects of sleeping
  • 21:10 – There is a direct correlation between performance, stress, happiness, and the heart rate variability
  • 22:13 – Another feature of Sleepy Time is that it gives you the time you should wake up if you want to sleep at that moment
  • 22:44 – Sleepy Time can be used together with heart rate variability
  • 23:09 – Dai encourages everyone to rise early and get things done early in the day
  • 23:26 – “Eat the frog”
  • 25:11 – Connect with Dai Manuel
  • 25:21 – Connect with Kayvon K
  • 25:48 – Kayvon is born during the Year of the Rooster, and 2017 is his year!

3 Key Points:

  1. Having a sleep pattern can be beneficial for setting a rhythm for you and your work.
  2. Being an early riser has its perks, like having more uninterrupted hours.
  3. It is important to finish your much needed sleep cycles—which is around 90 minutes.
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Episode 25 - A Lifestyle of Winning

February 15, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In this episode, Kayvon and Dai talk about the continuous battle we have in sticking to our goals. We set goals—like taking care of our health, for instance—and all too soon, we cave and have a doughnut or postpone that next workout for another day. So how can we set the habits that lead us in the right direction? Kayvon and Dai discuss the do’s and the don’ts for how to follow your goals to success and use their own personal goals as an example.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 00:50 – Kayvon and Dai talk about the hockey game they went to the night before
    • 01:21 – Kayvon missed the goal because he went to the restroom
  • 02:30 – Dai shares how he had ideas for future episodes when they were at the game
    • 03:07 – Dai talks about his six cities, Canadian tour
    • 03:48 – Dai shares the importance of prioritizing our health
  • 04:38 – Dai welcomes listeners and explains what they can expect from the podcasts
  • 05:30 – Kayvon shares how priorities can change when life happens
  • 06:11 – Kayvon refers to the book The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth, that discusses how to apply “design thinking” to your personal life; stop wishing and start doing
  • 07:06 – “Most of the time we are coming up with reasons, because we think we should appear reasonable”
  • 07:48 – Kayvon asks people to answer the question, “Who are the three people they really admire?”
    • 08:22 – Dai answers Steve Jobs, Simon Sinek, and his wife, Christie
    • 09:09 – Are what these people do, in order to be admired, considered reasonable?
  • 10:25 – “Our priorities are our priorities, everything else comes secondary”
  • 11:17 – It is OKAY to be unreasonable
  • 11:58 – Kayvon shares about his goal to be healthy and how he is currently training in Crossfit
    • 12:15 – It might seem unreasonable for others that he spends 3 hours in the gym, but it is his priority
  • 12:50 – Dai shares that it’d be easier to not do things
  • 14:30 – Maintaining health is more critical, especially when travelling
  • 15:05 – It is important to pay attention to the emotional connection of feeling great after working out
  • 15:43 – “Do not rely on your will power”
  • 16:21 – Kayvon’s 1st piece of advice is to stick to a routine and commit yourself to that
  • 16:39 – When you travel, you do not have access to the food you have at home
  • 16:58 – If you made a commitment to yourself that you are not eating sugar, you should commit to that even when you are travelling
  • 17:52 – Sometimes the commitment is about exercising and you can start by taking small steps
  • 19:15 – Turn your commitments into doable, small steps and you may eventually do what you intended in the first place
  • 20:01 – Those are the little victories and winning is contagious
  • 20:24 – Making a daily to-do list and remind yourself about your goals
  • 21:00 – Kayvon completely covers the item on his list with his pen, expressing his total dominance over the task
  • 21:50 – Start small in your goals like adding whole, unprocessed food to your diet
  • 22:45 – The Japanese have “kaizen” which means continuous improvement
  • 23:35 – Constant improvement of 1% adds up at the end of the year
  • 23:55 – Dai mentions how his friend, Jeff Keith, sets up realistic milestones for his team and engages in constant communication with them
  • 24:37 – “How can I create an opportunity to win for myself”
  • 25:15 – Kayvon’s 2nd piece of advice is have a structure and prepare yourself for the things that might happen in order to stick to your goal
  • 26:10 – Kayvon’s 3rd tip is have a community or a support group
  • 27:33 – Dai talks about the tribe he created
    • 27:55 – A member of the tribe shared about her daughter having negative feelings about exercise, but the parents still did the workouts and she eventually joined them
  • 29:21 – What we do for ourselves has an impact on the people around us
  • 29:30 – Dai uses social media to inspire, motivate, and instill confidence
  • 30:20 – “In helping ourselves, we can help others”
  • 31:40 – “If you want to change the people around you, change the people around you”
  • 32:00 – Kayvon and Dai would appreciate feedback and your reviews

3 Key Points:

  1. It is important to prioritize your health and stick to that goal.
  2. Create a routine and commit to it—this is better than relying on willpower to achieve your goals.
  3. Take small measurable steps in achieving your goals—each victory will fuel the next.
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Episode 24 - The Imposter Syndrome

February 9, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. Part of being human is having negative thoughts creep in and cloud your mind – these are the “dragons” that hinder people from reaching their goals. But, should these thoughts have all the power? How do we counteract the negativity? Listen as Kayvon and Dai takes us into a deeper discussion of The Imposter Syndrome and provide you with tips on how you can control your dragons.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 01:27 – Dai and Kayvon met at Crossfit
  • 02:09 – Today’s episode is about the Imposter Syndrome
  • 02:30 – Imposter Syndrome is the situation people get into when they set out to pursue a goal or dream
  • 03:00 – Steven Pressfield’s books, Do the Work and The War of Art explain the Imposter Syndrome
  • 03:25 – As human beings, the next thing that comes to our minds after positive thoughts is negative thoughts
  • 04:15 – You can’t get away from negative thoughts, but you can learn to control them
  • 04:30 – “Defeat the resistance”
  • 05:11 – The Imposter Syndrome causes entrepreneurs to think they are not able enough to achieve their goals
  • 06:03 – Kayvon shares about his experience with the Imposter Syndrome
  • 07:14 – The Imposter Syndrome is just an illusion
  • 07:47 – Dai alludes to the book, The Secret
  • 08:48 – The first step in dealing with Imposter Syndrome is knowing that it isn’t the only voice you hear or have
  • 09:39 – Acknowledge the voice, first, before dealing with it
  • 10:09 – Kayvon explains that people get inspired from biographies because people see the “human” inside those success stories
  • 10:32 – The Domino Effect is like a vortex
  • 11:07 – Life is like a spiral that goes either up or down
  • 11:49 – All you have to do is to change the first direction of your path
  • 12:39 – “Remember, it’s not as big and scary as it feels”
  • 13:14 – “Remember your previous successes in life”
  • 14:04 – Dai wrote an article about his experience running his first half-marathon, this year
  • 14:40 – How you deal with the Imposter Syndrome is totally up to you
  • 15:46 – Dai shares about Kayvon’s mental fortitude
  • 17:39 – Kayvon heard about his mental fortitude from a lot of different people over the past year
  • 18:02 – What Kayvon thinks of himself is the exact opposite of what people think about him
  • 19:36 – Kayvon shares a conversation he had with his daughter, in 2013
  • 21:30 – Catch that positive thought in yourself BEFORE the negative thoughts creep in
  • 22:53 – Turn your dream to a vision, and then, a plan
  • 23:28 – Kayvon sets a criteria that defines success in order to bring clarity to his mind
  • 25:27 – It’s just one day at a time
  • 26:12 – If what you are doing is public, backing out is so much harder to do
  • 28:59 – There are real moments of self-doubt, but that’s when you have to remind yourself that you CAN do it
  • 29:30 – Dai believes it comes down to self-introspection
  • 31:45 – Reach out to people when you need help
  • 32:49 – Reach out and leave us a comment on iTunes!

3 Key Points:

  1. We’re only human—it’s normal to have negative thoughts and experience the Imposter Syndrome at different times in your life.
  2. You cannot eliminate the possibility of having negative thoughts, BUT you can learn to control them.
  3. Know yourself and believe that you CAN do whatever you set out to do.
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Episode 23 - The Happiness of Purging

February 1, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. As our stuff builds and accumulates in our homes, our lives, our SUVs, etc., the act of purging and paring down these items may not be as easy as it seems. Kayvon and Dai delve into the psychological barriers and attachments that tend to be tied to our stuff and dig into the benefits of purging. Tune in to discover the resources and methodologies that have helped Kayvon and Dai simplify their life and happiness by purging. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 00:50 – Kayvon read an article titled, “Researchers Prove that Mars is Warmer than Toronto”
  • 02:03 – The recording is happening on Dec. 21,2016
  • 02:16 – Kayvon moved to another place, 16 days ago
  • 02:53 – Kayvon shares how he felt while in the process of purging
  • 03:20 – Kayvon hoards specific items
    • 03:45 – Kayvon found some strange items
  • 04:40 – Purging is getting rid of things that do not matter to you anymore
  • 04:56 – Dai shares his experience with purging
    • 05:25 – We leverage our time to get things
    • 05:59 – You have the “what if” thoughts with the things you’ve kept
    • 06:25 – Dai gets stressed by the process of purging
  • 07:00 - Kayvon shares when he was away for 5 months
    • 07:24 – Kayvon had someone help him get through the process of purging
  • 07:50 – We invest time and money in the things that we store
  • 08:18 – Having limitations can be very helpful in the process of purging
  • 08:28 – Kayvon listened to Ari Meisel's one episode in his podcast about setting limitations
  • 09:40 – Setting limitations for ourselves is going to be a big help in every aspect of life
  • 09:56 – The more space we have, the more we want to fill it
  • 10:35 – Go through that process of, “Does this [item] really matter?”
  • 11:19 – We always try to figure out ways to fill more stuff into our SUVs
  • 12:15 – Dai and his family benefited a lot from purging
  • 13:10 – Dai's wife helps him with the process
  • 14:07 – Dai will get people to review products for him
  • 15:00 – Kayvon shares the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up
    • 15:34 – Ask yourself a question—does this spark joy to me or anyone?
    • 16:30 – Remove things that spark negativity
  • 16:59 - The second book, Spark Joy
    • 17:55 – The process of asking the question, “Does this spark joy to me or anyone?” will bypass the “what ifs”
  • 18:50 – Dai works with Telus and they give them techy things
  • 19:47 – Dai keeps the things that bring him happiness like the activity tracker
  • 20:15 – Dai got a Storm Trooper mug that he uses
  • 21:21 – Dai picked up a habit where he does not buy the things they don't need
  • 22:05 – "Stuff is just stuff"
  • 22:49 – Kayvon shares the comedy book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fck
  • 23:37 – Kayvon shares another technique to help us not hoard things
    • 24:10 – If you're buying an item, you have to get rid of another
    • 24:49 – Keep a predetermined number and stick to it
  • 26:00 – Dai's wife's challenge for purging
  • 27:30 – Donate things
  • 28:13 – Kayvon and Dai love feedback so reach out to them on iTunes
  • 28:54 – Happy 2017, and keep simplifying your happiness!

3 Key Points:

  1. Setting limitations for ourselves helps us in EVERY aspect of life.
  2. People tend to get emotionally attached with things they're not supposed to.
  3. You can eliminate stress by removing the things that do not spark joy and by keeping the things that do. 

Credits:

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Episode 22 - Work Within Your Strengths

January 25, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. Kayvon and Dai discuss the benefits of outsourcing and how making those changes to streamline your business processes is worth the effort. Tune in to find out ways you can outsource at a lesser cost or for no fee at all and how outsourcing increases your overall productivity.   

Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast 
  • 01:30 – People are now starting to plan for 2017 
  • 02:07 – Kayvon does entrepreneurship, accountability, and productivity coaching 
  • 03:09 – The three steps Kayvon applies to his coaching: make it work, make it better, make it faster 
  • 04:15 – The technique “batching” explained  
  • 05:50 – “Try to only do what you are really good at” 
  • 06:00 – People have their own unique ability 
  • 06:13 – The four categories of everything that you do 
  • 06:15 – You’re either competent, incompetent, excellent or it’s your unique ability  
  • 07:49 – If you can hire someone who can do the 8-hour task in just 2 hours, do it 
  • 08:49 – Kayvon says that the reason we cannot afford to get other people is because we are not getting other people to help us—we’re trying to do all of it on our own  
  • 09:25 – Kayvon and Dai shift their recording platform 
  • 09:50 – You don’t always have to pay someone, there is free software available 
  • 10:27 – IFTTT has a great, free software 
  • 10:34 – Kayvon shares how he uses IFTTT 
  • 11:53 – There are many tools now that we can leverage based on technology advancements 
  • 13:00 – Upwork and Fiverr can help you hire people at a lesser cost 
  • 13:12 – Go to DaiManuel.com to get the free e-book and workout 
  • 14:26 – Kayvon’s “Productivity 30” explained 
  • 14:30 – Kayvon uses Canva for easy graphic design 
  • 15:10 – We actually outsource things without noticing it 
  • 17:00 – Keep outsourcing  
  • 17:55 – Outsourcing makes Kayvon life’s easier and faster 
  • 18:18 – Searching #productivity30 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more about Kayvon’s productivity program challenge 
  • 19:00 – Dai uses Canva and PicMonkey 
  • 19:29 – Dai outsources graphic designers through Upwork 
  • 20:30 – Dai is satisfied with his graphic designer’s work https://www.upwork.com 
  • 21:40 – Think of that one thing that is taking up your time and figure out a way to streamline it 
  • 22:00 – Reach out to Kayvon regarding productivity 
  • 23:39 – Send Dai and Kayvon feedback on iTunes 
  • 24:10 – Contact Dai at DaiManuel.com  
  • 24:18 – Find Kayvon on Facebook and Twitter 

3 Key Points: 

  1. There are many tools now that we can leverage based on technology advancements. 
  2. Think of that one thing that is taking up your time and figure out a way to streamline it.  
  3. Outsourcing can make your life easier, faster, and more importantly, simplify your happiness.
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Episode 21 - Always Be Competing

January 18, 2017

Summary:

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. This week, Kayvon and Dai answer the question “What it takes to always be a competing person.” Tune in to find out how competition can make us better, the negative aspects of competition, and why athletes are as dedicated to recovery as they are to training.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 02:04 – Today’s episode is inspired by a question
  • 02:34 – “Always be a competing person” question
  • 02:51 – Dai always competes with himself – always trying to keep one step ahead
  • 03:31 – Always strive to be better
  • 05:20 – There are advantages to competing against yourself
  • 06:04 – How competition is defined for Kayvon
  • 06:20 – The negative aspects of competition
  • 08:00 – If you’re going to do something, just do it 100%
  • 09:10 – Never compete with your family, but be accountable with them
  • 09:50 – “You will feel like a winner when you give it your all”
  • 11:55 – When you don’t give your all to something, you know it, and will regret it
  • 12:45 – Dai shares an example of competition through the Olympics
  • 13:37 – The Champion’s Mind book by Jim Afremov
  • 15:00 – Athletes take recovery as serious as training
  • 16:50 – Dai shares his experience with recovery
  • 17:51 – Everything that you do, do it like a champion competitor who is always competing
  • 18:12 – Tell us what you do to be a champion or what you’re struggling to be a champion at!
  • 18:52 – Connect with Dai and Kayvon on Twitter
  • 19:00 – Subscribe on iTunes and leave a feedback
  • 19:29 – Feel free to share this episode with someone you care about

3 Key Points:

  1. Always do your BEST because you’re competing to create your BETTER self.
  2. In whatever you do, act like a CHAMPION competitor.
  3. Competition pushes us to our limits but the rewards won’t be what we want unless we keep our goals in mind.

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Episode 20 - The Mistake Episode

January 11, 2017

Summary:

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. Kayvon and Dai discuss the top of making mistakes. Tune in to find out how mistakes can serve as indicators that we’re trying, can be opportunities for learning, and how embracing our vulnerability as humans and parents is a strength. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 01:32 – After recording half of this episode, Dai and Kayvon realize the laptop wasn’t recording!
  • 01:44 – The theme of this episode is “Mistakes”
  • 01:53 – “If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying”
  • 02:17 – Mistakes are challenging
  • 02:27 – Kayvon shares about certain changes in his life
  • 03:02 – Learn from your mistakes
  • 03:19 – Dai talks about Crossfit’s importance in our lives
  • 04:04 – A personal commitment to making a change
  • 05:02 – We should try to learn new things every day
  • 05:22 – Kayvon’s motto, “Keep the flow going”
  • 05:50 – A body at rest, stays at rest
  • 06:46 – Kayvon and Dai competed in an athletic competition
    • 07:20 – Dai shares their experience
    • 08:03 – The sport of fitness
  • 08:58 – Be OK with mistakes
  • 11:05 – Everyone goes through moments of learning
  • 11:41 – Be mindful of your mistakes
  • 12:23 – Empower yourself
  • 12:46 – “If you’re not on the right path, find another one”
  • 12:54 – A pleasant part of learning from your mistakes is sharing it with other people
  • 14:20 – The difference between being vulnerable and being weak
  • 14:47 – It takes trust to be able to open up to others
  • 15:39 – Learning from your kids
  • 16:03 – Letting your kids know you are imperfect as a parent and as a human being
  • 17:05 – Dai testifies to Kayvon’s parenting
  • 18:36 – Please subscribe and leave us a review!
  • 19:14 – Connect with Dai and Kayvon on Twitter

3 Key Points:

  1. Mistakes signify that you are TRYING, that is a very good thing.
  2. Mistakes are inevitable—accept them as they come and LEARN from them.
  3. There is strength in our vulnerability; we need to embrace our own vulnerability so that others feel free to be honest and open as well. 

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Episode 19 - 40 Days to 40

January 4, 2017

Summary: 

Happiness Simplified is a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In Episode #18, Kayvon and Dai talk life after 40. Tune in to hear Dai share about his life, the idea of the  mid-life crisis, and more lessons learned on how to simplify happiness. 

Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:30 – Introduction to the podcast 
  • 01:18 – Kayvon is excited with his new business about accountability 
  • 01:39 – Kayvon created his own accountability coaching service 
  • 02:10 – His service calls people everyday 
  • 02:25 – Clients are ask to have 2 big tasks and 2 small tasks 
  • 02:41 – Kayvon started to test this activity with a group of 10 people 
  • 03:33 – Clients are using Kayvon’s service for EVERYTHING 
  • 04:35 – TheAccountable.me 
  • 04:53 – “The need for human connection is getting more pronounced” 
  • 06:08 – Dai shares his “40 Days to 40” post in social media 
  • 06:24 – Dai turned 40 on November 13  
  • 07:08 – “Every decade is a milestone” 
  • 08:00 – “Treat someone as how you want to be treated” 
  • 08:58 – Dai was thinking about how he spent the past 20 years  
  • 09:18 – Dai thought of making a daily video of things that he learned 
  • 10:00 – Posting videos is a good experience for Dai 
  • 10:50 – He’s getting closer and closer to an old man’s strength 
  • 12:01 – Tony Robbins once said, “If a life is worth living, it is worth recording” 
  • 13:10 – Kayvon believes that as he ages, everything ages synchronically 
  • 15:20 – “At 40, everything syncs and we hit basecamp” 
  • 15:35 – Dai has a book in process  
  • 15:55 – Check out Dai’s Youtube Channel 
  • 16:43 – “It is creating conversations that matter” 
  • 17:20 – Kayvon and Dai are wise people 
  • 19:20 – Dai shares his ideas about mid-life crisis 
  • 20:18 – People are looking at things anew 
  • 22:00 – Kayvon’s observation is people react differently when the topic of mid-life crises is brought up 
  • 22:45 – People do not spend time and energy on the things that truly matter to them 
  • 23:10 – Kayvon categorizes his friends and creates connections to those that really matter to him 
  • 24:10 – “If you apply categorizing in life, you will deal with less and enjoy more” 
  • 24:22 – Kayvon calls it “mid-life blessing” 
  • 26:35 – “Just simplify happiness” 
  • 27:30 – Give us a feedback and share with us your biggest milestone in life 
  • 28:00 – Find Kayvon and Dai on social media 
  • 28:16 – Give them a review on iTunes and share them 

3 Key Points: 

  1. The connections that are REAL are the ones that MATTER! 
  1. Work hard for friendships and don’t take them for granted—we NEED that human connection. 
  1. The benefit of a mid-life crisis is that it makes us realize WHO is most important to us and deserves our time and energy.  

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Episode 18 - Accountability, Commitment & Happiness

December 28, 2016

Summary: 

Happiness Simplified is a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In Episode #18, Kayvon and Dai talk about accountability. Tune in to hear how motivation and commitment go hand in hand, the negative and positive impact of accountability, and why we need to set our goals into major and minor goals. 

Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:40 – Introduction to the podcast 
  • 01:00 – Accountability is telling someone like a coach or a friend to check in with you about where you’re at with your goals and responsibilities 
  • 01:20 – Accountability helps Dai determine if his clients are reaching their goals or not 
  • 01:53 – Kayvon shares how accountability has helped him and his business 
  • 02:06 – “Many of the business owners started their business because they want to solve their own problems” 
  • 02:45 – Kayvon signed-up with multiple accountability coaches to help him focus on the things that he needs to do 
  • 03:25 – Kayvon shares to his clients and friends what has made him more productive 
  • 03:39 – Kayvon has an accountability coaching service called “Strive” 
  • 04:18 – Accountability has both a positive and negative impact on people  
  • 04:42 – About the book, Accountabilty: Taking Ownership of Your Responsibility  
  • 05:00 – How commitment coaching is similar to accountability coaching 
  • 05:25 – The difference between motivation and accountability 
  • 05:58 – Why motivation and commitment go hand in hand 
  • 07:55 – Some people think that motivation has an off 
  • 09:10 – People over or underestimate themselves on what they can do 
  • 09:37 – Having the right estimation of one’s ability is key 
  • 10:48 – In every habit that you wish to start, start small, then increase the work gradually 
  • 13:25 – Get a regular check-in on the process of reaching a goal 
  • 15:00 – Be with a group of people with like-minded goals 
  • 15:23 – Dai shares how he applies accountability as a fitness coach 
  • 16:25 – The biggest win that Kayvon has seen is the happiness of achievement 
  • 16:45 – “One of the greatest sources of happiness is your own point of view about yourself” 
  • 18:45 – Keep the mindset of knowing that things change—it’s hard in the beginning then gets easier as it becomes a habit 
  • 20:41 – 90 days is the perfect time frame to create significant change and short enough to stay connected 
  • 21:30 – Come up with some tasks to finish for daily accountability  
  • 22:00 – Separate your daily goal with a major and minor goal 
  • 23:40 – Do goal setting in the evening and let your mind subconsciously think of it 
  • 24:00 – Tell someone about your goal 
  • 25:55 – Visit Kayvon’s beta website of his coaching service – TheAccountable.me  
  • 26:40 – Give us a feedback and share with us what piqued your interest 

3 Key Points: 

  1. Stay connected with your goals—emotionally and intellectually. 
  1. The perfect time frame to create significant change and short enough to stay connected is 90 days. 
  1. Your point of view about yourself is one of the greatest sources of happiness. 

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Episode 17 - The Summit of Greatness

December 21, 2016

Summary:

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. This week, Kayvon and Dai are going to share their experience from the Summit of Greatness. They’ll talk key takeaways, memorable moments, and the speakers that made an impact on each of them.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:20 – Dai and Kayvon have just come back from The Summit of Greatness

  • 01:33 – Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness Podcast

  • 02:11 – Dai and Kayvon will summarize their key takeaways from the summit

  • 03:35 – Lewis’ idea was to ‘bring you home’

  • 04:06 – How Kayvon stands out of the crowd

    • 04:47 – Kayvon had some trouble in school because of how he looked

    • 04:53 – For years, Kayvon tried to hide and blend in the crowd

    • 05:15 – We all stand out in our own ways

  • 05:45 – Kayvon’s goal in this event was to cultivate connections

    • 06:12 – Unique names get attention

  • 06:43 – When something requires extra work, people give up too easily

  • 07:34 – Kayvon was nicknamed Special K –which turns out to be a street name of a drug

    • 07:58 – Kayvon started using his nicknames’

    • 08:25 – His nickname facilitated the start of many conversations with new people

  • 08:46 – What Dai thinks of Kayvon’s intro at the summit

  • 10:11 – Dai’s intro makes a genuine connection

  • 10:37 – People found Dai very approachable

  • 10:58 – Dai’s introduction always includes him being a dad

    • 11:39 – It’s your family that defines you

    • 11:56 – Be the kind of man you want your daughters to marry

    • 12:08 – Be the type of person people want to hang out with

    • 12:25 – Being open attracts people

  • 13:07 – The summit was about networking and meeting new people

  • 14:18 – Speakers who stood out

    • 14:25 – Matthew Hussey – The Dating Guru

      • 15:36 – Matt’s Confidence vs Competence

      • 16:42 – Matt’s “Don’t be a sardine, be a tuna”

    • 17:03 – Christian Howes – #1 Jazz Violinist

    • 18:13 – Christian was a breath of fresh air for Kayvon

  • 19:03 – Adam IN-Q delivered a very powerful message

    • 19:54 – Kayvon felt refreshed and recharged

  • 20:14 – Ryan Blair: Rock Bottom to Rock Star

    • 20:57 – Ryan’s honesty had Kayvon

    • 21:44 – Ryan’s documentary on Youtube

    • 23:08 – We are about uplifting one another

  • 24:31 – Stacy London on what fashion is and what fashion is not

    • 25:05 – Fashion is an industry that is based on insecurities

    • 25:27 – Style is about expressing yourself and who you are

    • 26:20 – Dai’s takeaways on Stacy

  • 28:02 – Fabio Viviani

    • 31:19 – Fabio went from rags to riches and from rags to riches again

  • 31:51 – Kyle Maynard

    • 32:32 – No Excuses by Kyle Maynard

    • 32:43 – Kyle was born with no legs and no arms

    • 33:03 – Kyle’s parents brought him up like a normal kid

    • 33:27 – Kyle played football, did MMA and won titles, and crawled to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

  • 34:37 – Dai’s friend Hersh’s story

    • 37:46 – We gain inspiration from certain people in our lives

  • 39:15 – Kayvon is glad he went to the summit

  • 39:50 – Get out there and start talking to people

  • 40:57 – Don’t be too quick to judge

  • 41:23 – Please leave a review on iTunes!

  • 41:40 – Connect with Dai and Kayvon on Twitter

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Networking is essential in all aspects of entrepreneurship.

  2. Remember to list the takeaways from every new lesson learned.

  3. When you’re real, when you’re genuine—that’s when you inspire and uplift.

Credits

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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